"Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Zechariah 9:9

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Monday of this week, myself and other principals in the diocese met with representatives of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission at the diocese in Clifton to answer questions about our curriculum and our Catholic faith based instruction. A number of schools in the diocese were visited by the commission this week. We reconvened on Wednesday to hear the results of the AdvancED Review Team and I am happy to say that the St. Therese School has met the all of the requirements established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and Board of Trustees and has been re-accredited. It should be known that AdvancED reviews and accredits schools throughout the nation and beyond the borders of the United States. More information will be forthcoming from the diocese, but it should be known that the the schools in the diocese of Paterson exceeded the national average in every category.

Tonight, and Palm Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 pm St. Therese School families are invited to travel back with us on a Lenten Journey to Jerusalem at this year's presentation of "The Living Stations of the Cross," which will be presented by the St. Therese Youth Ministry.

We are calling on all STS students to help us fill our ad spaces for the 34th Annual St. Therese Golf Outing. The class that brings in the most ad space sales and/or donations will win a class pizza party, a NUT Pass and an autographed page in the St. Therese Home and School's 34th Annual Golf Tournament Ad Journal.

On Wednesday, April 5 our students were treated to a short Color Run Pep Rally. Thank you Mrs. Hopkins. Information about the June 3 Color Run has gone home with the students. We look forward to your support in this upcoming HSA Fundraiser.

There are a number of seats being vacated in the HSA at the end of the school year. We will be looking for volunteers to to run for those positions. More information regarding those positions will be going home shortly in the students' backpacks.

Today our Pre-k 3 and Pre-k 4 conducted their annual Easter Hat parade. Look for pictures on the website and the upcoming Roxbury Advertiser.

Finally, Ms.Janine Suggs's mother passed away to enter into eternal life earlier this week. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Ms. Suggs is a third grade teacher at St. Therese.

God bless and have a Blessed Palm Sunday.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we are more than half way through Lent many events are beginning to pop on the calendar. This Saturday is the Retreat for our second graders who are preparing to make their First Holy Communion.

On Wednesday, April 5 we will have a "Color Run Pep Rally," in the gymnasium at 9:45 am to prepare for the big "Color Run Fundraiser" that will take place at the St. Therese School on Saturday, June 3. Students in grades K-8 will be looking for sponsors to advertise during the Color Run. If you have a business and you would like to be advertised, the Color Run will be a great way to get your name out there.

The deadline for buying tickets to Hershey Park is Tuesday, April 4. Please check the Friday Folder for more information.

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. More information is available on the Friday Folder. Volunteers are needed.

The yearbook order deadline is Monday, April 10 and our Mother/Son Carnival will take place on Friday, May 5. Volunteers are needed. More information is on the Friday Folder. Please call Amy Levy if interested.

The 34th Annual St. Therese HSA Golf Outing will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at Black Bear Country Club. You don't have to be a golfer to participate, just come out enjoy the day and the comradery with members of the St. Therese School, the alumni and the parish community. Check the website for more information.

Finally, just for your planning purposes know that there WILL BE school on the following dates to make up for snow days:

Thursday, April 13 half day no aftercare,
Friday, May 19 full day,
Friday May 26 half day no aftercare,
Friday, June 16 half day, no aftercare
Monday, June 19 half day no aftercare.

Enjoy the Final Four this weekend.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Matthew 4:1-25

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This week students in grades three through eight received the Sacrament of Reconciliation to prepare for Easter. Students have been attending mass regularly with grades two and four going on Mondays, grades three, five and six on Tuesdays, grades one and seven on Thursdays and kindergarten and grade eight on Fridays. Students are also doing Stations of the Cross on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays in the church as well as in the school during Lent.

During morning prayers we are praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and will continue with all of the mysteries of the Rosary throughout Lent. We are also praying for any special intentions that students and faculty may have.

The third marking period which was scheduled to end on April 7 has been extended to April 13 due to the four snow days that we used during the the third marking period. For your planning purposes the last day of school as of today is Monday, June 19. There will be half day on Holy Thursday, April 13, a full day on Friday, May 19, and a half day on Friday May 26. There will also be half days on Friday, June 16 and Monday, June 19. Hopefully there will be no snow. If there is a snow day, the calendar will be extended one day for every snow day.

On Friday, March 24 all principals will attend a Lenten Retreat at St. Paul Inside the Walls.

Don't forget Saturday, March 25 is the St. Therese Scrap and Craft Day. The day begins at 7:00 am and runs until 10:00 pm. More information is on the Friday Folder.

Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil. We are tempted every day of our lives. Let's all pray; especially during the remainder of Lent that we will have the strength to avoid temptation as Jesus did.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Before I was humiliated like a stone that lies deep in the mud, and He who is mighty came, and His compassion raised me up, and exalted me very high and placed me on top of the wall." Saint Patrick

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

It has been a very brief and interesting week. I hope everyone survived the blizzard in good health, and hopefully spring will be upon us next week.
It was nice to see so many parents Thursday, March 9 on the Meet and Greet Night for next year's k-2 parents. I hope everyone got a small snapshot of what you can expect your children to be doing next year in grades k-2.

Our eighth grade Fish/Chicken and Chips Dinner last Saturday night was huge success. Thank you to all the efforts of our parents, faculty, and students; especially Mrs. Klein. Well done!

Due to our Terra Nova make-ups, and our mid March blizzard, our Reconciliation dates were changed from this week to next week. Grades 3, 4 and 5 will go on Monday, March 20 and Grades 6,7 and 8 will go on March 22. Both days will begin at 8:30 am.
Remember to put on your calendar the Scrap and Craft Day for March 25. It will run from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm.

Finally, have Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops." Proverbs 3:9

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This past week has been a very busy one. There has been much construction going on to update the heating system and all will be complete by the end of the weekend. Special thanks to Mr. Stew Mabb for overseeing the project and making sure things were done right. Mr. Mabb, the St. Therese School can't thank you enough.

At the General HSA Meeting I mentioned that we will be implementing a $200.00 technology fee for all students in grades 2-8 for the 2017-18 school year. This will cover the cost of the chromebooks that the students will own, the license and the insurance. It is necessary that we implement a technology fee in order to prepare our students for the 21st century skills they are going to need to function in a digital world.

On Ash Wednesday, Bishop Seratelli began Lent by celebrating mass and giving out ashes at St. Therese Church. His message was, "Pray for someone in your family who left the church to come back home again."

The annual Terra Nova standardized tests will take place from Monday, March 6 to Friday March 10. Students will not receive homework. Please make sure that your sons and daughters are in attendance on these days and get a good night's sleep. We want them function at their best!

There are still some families who have not paid there registration fee for next year. Please do so as soon as you can in order that we can budget properly for the 2017-18 school year.

For almost ten years I have marched with the Vernon Township High School Marching Band in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade. This year I would like to march with the St. Therese School in the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton, NJ. I am inviting all faculty, students and parents from the St. Therese School Community to march in the parade, which takes place in Newton, NJ on Saturday, March 18. The parade march itself is only about 30 minutes long, and I think it is something our students would really enjoy. More information will be forthcoming next week. If you are interested please email me at principal@sttheresechoolroxbury.org.

Everyone have great weekend!!

God bless The St. Therese School Community,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

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